WATCH: Ted Cruz defends Curt Schilling over ESPN firing in new ad
April 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Senator Ted Cruz's presidential campaign has released a new ad saying that ESPN was wrong to fire baseball great Curt Schilling over a Facebook post opposing transgender bathroom bills.
Schilling had shared a post saying that the modern culture brands anyone who does not believe a biological male should use the same restroom as young women as “a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die.”
ESPN fired Schilling last Wednesday saying, “ESPN is an inclusive company.”
“Curt Schilling was fired by the PC Police for suggesting that grown men shouldn’t use the bathroom with little girls,” a narrator says in the new Cruz ad, entitled “Common Sense.”
It then suggests that Donald Trump has “joined the ranks of the PC police” for opposing North Carolina's H.B. 2, a statewide bathroom privacy protection law.
Last Thursday on the “Today” show, Trump said the state should not have intervened, and the current policy worked fine. “People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate,” he said.
The new Cruz ad concludes by saying, “Donald Trump can’t be trusted with common sense. Why would we trust him in the White House?”
This is the second ad in a matter of days to target the New York billionaire over his stance on transgender restrooms. Political sources say the Cruz campaign believes Trump created a self-inflicted wound by rushing to condemn a fellow Republican, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, and making a statement wildly at odds with much of the party base.
Sen. Cruz raised the issue on the stump this weekend.
“Let me make things real simple,” he said. “Even if Donald Trump dresses up as Hillary Clinton, he shouldn't be using the girls' restroom.”
He later said, “I apologize for that image...Donald in a bright blue pants-suit.”
“But let me just say to Jimmy Fallon and the 'Tonight Show': Please give us that image,” Cruz said.
For his part, Schilling defended himself over the weekend, saying, “I am not transphobic” and adding that his son started an LGBT group at his high school. “That’s his group,” Schilling said. “That’s the people he loves and hangs out with. Those kids are in and out of this house all the time.”
Watch the Cruz ad: